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by Kieron Woodhouse

  • Posted on August 17, 2015

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15,000 kilometres running and cycling to save the planet

Young scientists travel across the globe to talk about climate change and bridge the gap between science and society, ahead of COP21.

This December, in Paris, representatives of all the countries of the world will meet to negotiate a “climate deal” at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21 of CCC, starting on November 30th, 2015.

The negotiations should pave the way to a serious reduction in anthropogenic CO2 emissions. The future of billions of people will be affected by the outcome of this meeting.

Pole to Paris is a public awareness campaign ahead of COP21. The campaign follows a team of environmental scientists as they travel – by bicycle and foot – from the Polar Regions to Paris.

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The 12,000 km long Southern Cycle follows Dr Daniel Price, specialist in Antarctic climate, on his way from New Zealand to Paris. From the North, Dr Erlend Moster Knudsen, specialist in Arctic climate, takes on the lead of the 3000 km long Northern Run. Their team members Beth Ward and Oria Jamar de Bolsée join in the run throughout the UK, Belgium and France. They bring with them flags from the two Polar Regions – the regions where the fastest signs of climate change are now observed.

The two journeys are documented in a video series, beginning with the impacts of climate change at the poles and highlighting the global consequences if we fail to succeed in Paris. We aim to captivate the public and raise society’s consciousness on the issues and to increase public pressure on our leaders ahead of COP21.

WHY we do this:

Inspiring the next generation matters to us. The youth of today will be the leaders of tomorrow and they must understand the impacts of climate change. Today’s youth is the first generation that will have to deal with severe climate and environmental changes, but also the last generation that has the opportunity to act upon it to make the right turn.

Learn more about climate change.